RUWASA Declares 10 Kano LGAs Free From Open Defecation
By Abdulgafar Oladimeji
Kano State Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA) has pronounced and certified ten local government areas as Open Defecation Free (ODF).
RUWASA managing director, Ibrahim Bichi, said that three local governments namely Wudil, Garko and Dambatta local governments were the initial LGA’s to be certified as free from open defecation in the state.
Bichi spoke during an advocacy visit paid to his office by a delegation from Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) led by Innocent Ekene, saying additional seven local governments, namely Takai, Madobi, Sumaila, Doguwa, Gaya, Kabo and Dawakin Tofa have fulfilled the stipulated requirements to be declared and certified free from open defecation.
According to him, residents in the certified areas now reside in what he described as hygienic environment, noting that their newly found healthy environment is a plus to the state of the nutritional status of the inhabitants of the freed areas.
Bichi further disclosed that the agency has commenced baseline survey activities that are targeted at improving sanitation and hygiene conditions in 28 local governments across the urban and suburb axis in the state.
He added that the agency is improving the well being of the state populace through the collation of data to earmark areas that are in need of relevant and specific intervention to better their sanitation and hygiene standards.